What a weekend! It has been too long since we last enjoyed 2 consecutive days of uninterrupted NE Monsoon winds, and boy did the Trimarans fly. Day 2 of the CSC Trimaran Championship saw an increase in wind speeds, with easily 12-15 knots across the course. Some sailors have tapped out after day 1 due to equipment malfunction – leaving only 8 contenders on the start line for Race 4. The winds however claimed more casualties as the day progressed, as day 2 seemed to turn into a war of attrition. When the final race was completed (Race 6), only 3 boats had successfully completed the course – Bravo Zulu to Dinghao, Jaza Too and Ragnarok for surviving the conditions and being the only ones who managed to complete all 6 races conducted for this series!
Dinghao put on a professional display for the fleet, scoring 3 more bullets for Races 4 to 6 to complete the series with 5 points and be crowned 2023 CSC Trimaran Champions. Skipper Campbell Jenkins together with CSC Member Alice Lim and Multihull newbie Jonathan Mahoney of Zanzibar fame were quite the terrifying trio on water – reaching straight line speeds on the course few can match. A retirement in Race 6 due to a delaminated mainsail was not enough for Kaze to be knocked off the runner-up position, as she had sailed tremendously well for races 1-5 to score 11 points overall – 7 points ahead of 3rd placed Jaza Too. Special mention for the team on Phoenix – an exceptional performance on Day 1 was marred by a torn headsail, broken rudder and lost watch, resulting in her inability to complete any of her races on Day 2. The team tried very hard to come back from an early retirement in Race 4, only to lose her rudder 10 minutes into Race 5 – effectively ending her championship campaign.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank pro-sail asia for providing little tokens of appreciation / mementos for all participants. Congratulations to all winners, see you next week for the final and most prestigious event of the CSC Sailing Festival – the CSC Commodore’s Cup 2023!